FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW
Corbin, Whitley Co. on the road against top ranked teams
Corbin at Danville
Where: Admiral Stadium
When: Friday, 7:30
Records: Danville 2-1
Who to Watch: The Admirals have a balanced attack led by 11 seniors. But, the key players to keep an eye on are underclassmen Jawan Grey, a junior and Ray Bradshaw, a sophomore. Senior quarterback Devonta Alcorn will also be a key player in the Admirals offense. Like Tates Creek the Admirals are full of speed and it will be the job of the Redhounds to try and keep the ball away from Danville. Corbin had a star of its own emerge last week as sophomore Brian Nantz ran for almost 100 yards out of the backfield.
What to expect: Danville has wins over Lincoln County (51-7) and Boyle County (28-21) and will be ready to return home to face the Redhounds. It will be a tough task for the ‘Hounds to stop the speed of the Admirals. Corbin will put up a fight.
The victor: Danville will be the best team they have played to date. Danville 28, Corbin 21.
Leslie Co. at Williamsburg
Where: Finley-Legion Field
When: Friday, 7:30
Records: Williamsburg 3-0;
Leslie Co. 2-1
Who to Watch: The Eagles will bring an experienced team to Findley-Legion Field Friday night with 15 seniors. Williamsburg escaped Hyden with a two-point (36-34) win last year, so this game might be much closer that fans want. The Eagles finished the season in Class 2A, District 8 last year with a 3-0 record and first place finish. Leslie County lost in the second-round of the playoffs to Lexington Christian, 27-20.
What to expect: Last week the Yellow Jackets gave up three touchdowns and two of those came up on-side kick recoveries by the Pineville Mountain Lions. Look for more trickery out of the Eagles.
The victor: It depends on how the Jackets come into this game. Will they be ready to play a team with experience back. Leslie County could be the best team they have faced to date. Williamsburg 36, Leslie Co. 28.
Whitley Co. at Bell Co.
Where: Log Mountain
When: Friday, 7:30
Records: Bell Co. 2-1
Whitley Co. 1-1
Who to Watch: Johnathan Polly and Ryan Collett rushed for 425 yards to lead the Bobcats to a 50-6 win over Middlesboro last week. Collett scored four touchdowns in the rout. After holding the Rockcastle County Rockets scoreless last week. Can the Colonels do it again facing the likes of Polly and Collett?
What to expect: Expect a hard-nosed battle in the trenches and a much improved offense by the Colonels.
The victor: The Colonels will have a tough time making it two wins in a row. This will be a huge test and could mean a lot when the Colonels line-up against their district foes. But, look for Bell Co. to pull away in the second half for a 34-14 win.
Summary: It looks like a rough Friday night for the county’s three teams. Williamsburg should pull out a win, but Corbin and Whitley Co. will find a “W” hard to get. Other teams in the area; North Laurel runs past McCreary Central 54-6; Pineville beats Lynn Camp 22-14; South Laurel edges Clay County 36-34; Rockcastle County runs past Estill Co. 28-14; Harlan rolls past Middlesboro 34-21.
At the end of week three Don Estep and Trevor Sherman led the News Journal's Pigskin Panel with a record of 25-5/ Mark White is third at 24-6, Trent Knuckles is 23-7 while Dean Manning and I (the defending champion) are setting at 22-8. Bill Crook comes up the rear with a 20-10 record.
This week Don picks Bell County, Danvlle, North Laurel, Pineville, Clay County, Williamsburg, Rockcastle Co., Harlan, Kentucky and Louisville. Trevor has Lynn Camp beating out Pineville and South Laurel over Clay Co.
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